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Vets4Pets Ipswich

Meet the Ipswich vet team

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Sandra Braunig

Veterinary Surgeon & Practice Partner

Sandra was born and raised in North London. She graduated from The Royal Veterinary College in 1997. Sandra started her career in a mixed animal practice in Wales where she stayed a year before deciding to work solely with small animals. She worked at a practice in Surrey for eleven years then moved to a practice in Colchester for three years before realising her dream of opening Ipswich Vets4Pets in 2012.


What made you want to be a Vet?

After seeing "All Creatures Great & Small" on television and reading James Herriot’s books I knew that being a vet was the only job for me. He inspired a whole generation of vets.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would it be and why?

I would be a Robin because they make people happy and I could fly around and explore.

What is your favourite thing about being a Vet?

I love the variety that each day brings and the fact that after seventeen years I still love my job and can’t wait to come to work everyday. I also love puppies and kittens.

What pets do you have?

I have a greedy 12 year old Labrador called Sophie, and Sketty the wonky Lurcher who loves to run.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself?

My secret talent is Hula Hooping.

Mary-Kate Woodrow

Veterinary Surgeon

Mary-Kate was born and raised in Australia and worked as a Vet Nurse for 8 years before graduating from the University of Queensland in 2014, with a bachelor of Veterinary Science. After graduation she completed an internship in emergency medicine and worked in Veterinary emergency before she decided to move to the UK in 2016. After working at our practise as a locum for 6 weeks Mary-Kate came back by popular demand and decided to join us full time. 


What made you want to be a vet? 

I decided when I was 4 years old that I was going to be a vet. My grandma was very interested in animals and wildlife and she had a big impact on my decision to become a vet. 

If you could be any animal for a day, what would it be and why? 

A honey badger – because no one messes with a honey badger! 

What’s your favourite thing about being a vet? 

Knowing I’m making a difference.

What pets do you have? 

My family has two Springer Spaniels called Jay and Maggie, who are adorable! I also have a cat called Mr Bingley but he unfortunately had to stay in Australia and so now lives with my mum. 

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself. 

A few years ago I shaved my head for charity with lots of my friends – it was great fun!

Laura Ward

Veterinary Nurse & Pet Health Counsellor

Laura was born in Cambridgeshire, where she gained a level 3 diploma in Veterinary Nursing from the College of West Anglia. She moved to Suffolk in 2015 and worked in a different practise for a year whilst finishing her training. In 2016 she decided to join the Vets4Pets family. 


What made you want to be a veterinary nurse? 

I’d always wanted to help animals, but I’ve also always been interested in anatomy and biology; being a Veterinary Nurse allows me to combine the two. 

If you could be an animal for a day, what would it be and why? 

Probably a lion, because they get to laze around a lot but also get to do lots of exciting things too. 

What is your favourite thing about being a vet? 

I like that my day is varied and different each time. I also love all the puppies that come in for their vaccinations. 

What pets do you have? 

I have a very well behaved Rodesian Ridgeback girly called Zabi, and a completely mad German Pointer puppy called Mika. 

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself. 

I like to stay active and I completed in a cross-fit competition last year.

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Lucy Webb

Head Veterinary Nurse (BSc(Hons) RVN) & Pet Healthcare Counsellor (MSc Clinical Animal Behaviour) 

Lucy was born and raised in Kesgrave, she graduated form the Royal Veterinary College in 2011 with a first class honours degree in Veterinary Nursing. In 2016, Lucy also completed her Masters degree in Clinical Animal Behaviour. She has been with the practice since 2012.

What made you want to be a veterinary Nurse and why?

I have always had an interest in animals and after undertaking work experience at a veterinary surgery, I decided that this was my calling in life and I cannot imagine doing any other job.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why?

A ladybird, so that I could just watch the world go by and fly about here and there.

What is your favourite thing about being a veterinary Nurse?

I love being able to help and advise owners so that they are able to get the best out of their relationship with their pets.

What pets do you have?

I have a flock of 3 chickens who lay very tasty eggs and Badger the rescue dog.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

After graduating from university I spent time working as a Veterinary Nurse in Australia. One of my most unusual yet rewarding jobs was nursing a poorly sugar glider back to health!

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Lauren Staff

Veterinary Nurse & Pet Health Counsellor

Lauren was born in Kent and moved to Suffolk as a child. She qualified in 2010 after completing her Veterinary Nurse training at a practice in Ipswich. Lauren has been a locum nurse as various practices around Suffolk. She currently lives in Saxmundham with her husband and three young sons.

What made you want to be a veterinary Nurse?

I have always been interested in working with animals, so it was the only career I could see myself doing.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why?

A sloth, so I could just sleep and hang around in trees all day with my sloth friends.

What is your favourite thing about being a Veterinary Nurse?

I find my job very rewarding. I enjoy the wide variety of animals I get to nurse on a daily basis.

What pets do you have?

I have a very naughty cat called Cleo who I hand reared from just two days old, and a very lively Springer Spaniel puppy called Willow.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

I got married on a beach in Mauritius.

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Sophie Stairmand

Veterinary Nurse & Pet Health Counsellor 

Sophie was born in Suffolk and qualified as a vet nurse in 2010. Sophie has worked in many practises around Suffolk and also locumed for a year. She currently lives in Suffolk with her husband Will.

What made you want to become a Veterinary Nurse?

I have always loved animals and knew from a very young age that this was what I wanted to do.

If you could be one animal for a day, what would it be and why?

I would be a Labrador so that I could eat and exercise for the whole day.

What is your favourite thing about being a Veterinary Nurse?

I enjoy educating the clients on pet care and seeing our patients returning, happy and healthy.

What pets do you have?

I am the proud owner of a sprocker called Oscar and I have a horse called Blaze.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

I am an HGV lorry driver and can play the Flute & Piano.

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Hayley Brock

Animal Healthcare Assistant

Hayley was born in Ipswich; she worked for BT for fifteen years. Following a career break to raise her two children, she decided to go to Otley College and complete a level three animal management diploma.
Hayley started at Vets4Pets in 2012 as a volunteer and is now employed as an Animal Nursing Assistant.

What made you want to be an Animal Nursing Assistant?

I wanted to fulfil my life-long ambition of working with animals.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why?

A cat because they are very independent, but a pampered dog with lovely owners would also be great.

What is your favourite thing about being a Veterinary Nursing Assistant?

For me it’s the great team I work with, and getting to help the animals is an amazing bonus.

What pets do you have?

I have a Yorkshire terrier x shih tzu called Henry, as well as five rabbits called Dandelion, Ria, Smudge, Smidge and Cinnamon.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

I like drawing animals in my spare time and am a keen horse rider.

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Kit Hearsum

Receptionist

Kit was born and raised in Ipswich. She studied Media, English and photography at college. Kit has worked in various customer service roles over the last ten years. Having been a client with us since 2012, she applied for the receptionist role and joined the team in September 2014. 

 

What made you want to be a Veterinary Receptionist? 

I am passionate about animals and have always enjoyed interacting with customers. 

If you could be any animal for a day, what would it be and why? 

I would be a Bengal cat so I could sleep for twenty hours a day, eat, play and be naughty. 

What is your favourite thing about your job? I love interacting with the animals and their owners. I also enjoy working with the team, we have a very close work family.

What pets do you have? 

Two very naughty Bengal cats called Halo Master Chief and Logan Wolverine who feature in their very own blog on our Vets4Pets Facebook page.

 Tell us an interesting fact about yourself. 

I am an avid Xbox one gamer. I am also a professional baker and spend a lot of my spare time creating and designing cakes.

Ally Brown

Receptionist

Ally was born and raised in Ipswich. She studied Sociology, Drama and Media at Sixth Form. Ally has worked in various customer service and animals based roles, and is our newest receptionist, having joined the team in summer 2016. 


What made you want to be a Veterinary Receptionist? 

I like being around people in roles where I can be chatty and helpful, but I also LOVE working with animals - a veterinary receptionist just seemed like a perfect match. 

If you could be any animal for a day, what would it be and why? 

I’d be an elephant – I love everything about them. 

What is your favourite thing about your job? 

All the adorable puppies who come in for their vaccinations! I’ve also never worked with a more supportive and kind bunch of people. 

What pets do you have? 

I have a cheeky Cavalier puppy called Gruff. 

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself. 

I love everything Disney - from the theme parks to the films!

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Emily Forsdyke

Head Receptionist

Emily joined the practise following a 12 years career as a bank manager and lives in Bacton with her husband and son Addison.

 

What made you want to work in the practice?

My dream has always been to work with animals and I’m finally in a position that allows me to do so! 

If you could be an animal for the day what would it be and why? 

I would love to be a wolf, looking after and protecting my pack. 

What is your favourite thing about your job?

The team is very close knit, and we all support each other. Every person is genuinely passionate about what they do and it’s an absolute pleasure coming to work every day.

What pets do you have? 

I have nine beautiful but naughty cats; Sooty, Sweep, Freddie, Cruella, Willow, Reek, Ribbler, Evie and Beano. I also have an Alaskan Malamute called Calamity and a Siberian Husky called Bandit, as well as two rabbits called Marley and Corbett.

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Sophie Braunig

Practice dog

Sophie is Sandra’s ‘New, old dog’. She is eleven years young and joined the family in June 2014. Sophie was born and raised in France and moved to England a few years ago.

Sophie spends a lot of time at the practice with the team and is loved by everyone who meets her.

What is your favourite thing about being a practice dog?

I really enjoy all the fuss I get whenever someone comes upstairs, but I would have to say my absolute favourite thing is when I break into the storeroom and gorge on the treat supply.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why?

I would be a human so I could eat whatever I wanted and talk in a silly voice to see how they like it!

What pets do you have?

I have two humans, Sandra and Dean.
They are very stingy with their dinner and don’t like to share with me. I also have a cat called Priscilla and a dog called Sketty.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

I am bilingual! Having spent a number of years living in France I respond better to commands in French than English!
Au revoir.

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Sketty Braunig

Practice dog

Sketty is Sandra’s new dog. He is nearly two years old and joined the family in January 2016. Sketty had a rough start to life and was found as an injured stray which landed him in the Council Pound, he was then transferred to Tia Greyhound and Lurcher Rescue where he waited for the right home.

It was love at first sight when Sandra found him online, and in no time Sandra and Sophie were off to Doncaster to meet Sketty.

Sketty sadly was still suffering from his injuries; however Sandra and Sophie invited him into the family with open arms.

What is your favourite thing about being a practice dog?

I love coming to work with my mum and sister everyday, I have such a great social life, and enjoy meeting new buddies.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why?

I think I would like to be a cat for the day, I’m desperate to play with my sister Priscilla and that way I might be allowed.

What is the naughtiest thing you have ever done?

Well I once tried to eat Priscilla; I hadn’t met a cat before and wanted to know what she tasted like.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself.

I am very talented and thanks to my wonky pelvis I can pee on my front legs... everytime!  I find it funny, my mum not so much.